Road woes con­tin­ue for Wyoming against Air Force

The Wyoming Cow­boys head­ed south to Col­orado Springs to face Moun­tain West Con­fer­ence rival Air Force and the Fal­cons broke a 22-game reg­u­lar-sea­son con­fer­ence los­ing streak defeat­ing Wyoming 70–63 at Clune Are­na Sat­ur­day after­noon.

The loss drops Wyoming to, 9–12 and 2–5 MWC, while the Pokes have yet to win a road game this sea­son and are 0–2 in The Cen­ten­ni­al State. Air Force, 9–11 and 1–6 MWC, snaps a two-game skid to Wyoming and a six-game los­ing streak over­all.

The Cow­boys over­came a slow start and took a 29–26 half­time lead into the lock­er room, but hot three-point shoot­ing from the Fal­cons pushed them past the vis­i­tors and led by as many as 13 points in the sec­ond half.

“It’s a tough pill to swal­low, but my hat’s off to (Air Force Coach) Jeff (Reynolds),” Wyoming head coach Heath Schroy­er said to goairforcefalcons.com. “We came here and thought our game plan was pret­ty good, even though (Air Force) went on a roll there and knocked down a cou­ple threes against the zone we played. I think that was the dif­fer­ence.”

Des­mar Jack­son led the Pokes with his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive 21 point game and team­mates Amath M’Baye had 11 points with JayDee Lus­ter, and Djib­ril Thi­am each record­ing 10.

Evan Wash­ing­ton had a career and game high 23 points for the Fal­cons, who shot 11-of-25 from beyond the arc, and Grant Stuck­er chipped in 12 for Air Force and held Wyoming to a dis­mal 5-of-22 from three-point land.

“It felt great, and I have to com­pare it to win­ning a cham­pi­onship by get­ting that mon­key off our back,” said Wash­ing­ton about the win to goairforcefalcons.com. “Last year, we let los­ing become part of our men­tal­i­ty, but I think we have a tougher team this year. I real­ly want­ed to be that guy who stepped up and made free throws.”

This was the sec­ond straight game the Pokes played with­out lead­ing scor­er Afam Muo­jeke, who is out for the year with a knee injury, but were also with­out start­ing cen­ter Adam Wad­dell, who sat out with an ankle injury.

Wyoming will be in action again when they wel­come the UNLV Rebels to the Are­na-Audi­to­ri­um Wednes­day night at 8 p.m., in Laramie.